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School Group Bookings Terms and Conditions


  • Adults must accompany students at all times

  • Artefacts must not be touched, climbed on or interfered with in any way, please stay behind barriers

  • Running is not permitted in the museum grounds or buildings

  • MOTAT is a live museum and we insist that footwear must be worn at all times

  • Smoking is not permitted on MOTAT grounds

  • In some MOTAT exhibitions visitors are invited to have their likeness captured in order to participate in particular exhibits. All such images will be used within the exhibition space only. They may remain there throughout the exhibition, but will not be used in any other context. In giving permission for your child to attend MOTAT, the parent/caregiver gives permission for these digital images to be used within the context of the exhibition


LevelMax # of childrenAdult:Child ratio
ECE40 per day (split over 2 sessions) | 1:3*
Primary/Secondary120 per day (split over 4 sessions) | 1:6*

*A minimum charge of $100.00 will apply to bookings with fewer than 20 children.
The maximum number of students we can see in a day is 120 students for primary/secondary bookings, and 40 for early childhood bookings.

**Adults within the ratio are free of charge. Adults helpers over and above the ratio limits are charged at $10 per person.


  • Wheelchairs are available for use from the MOTAT Shop. If you would like one reserved for the day of your visit, please contact 09 815 5808 / 09 845 3696 and we can arrange to have one at the gate on arrival

  • First Aid Room - see your educator on the day. The MOTAT shop is also a point of contact for first aid.

  • To provide a safe environment for all visitors, entry is restricted before 9.45am for visiting groups. This is due to vehicle movements happening before opening hours


  • On arrival, please give your numbers to your educator (we require the number of students in each year level and the number of adults in attendance including teachers). This is essential for our statistics, for reporting on our contract to the Ministry of Education and to ensure you will be charged for the correct number of students in attendance on the day. An invoice will be sent by our accounts team after the visit. 


  • All bookings will incur an administration fee of $75.00 if cancellation notice is less than 5 working days prior to visit date.

  • If the booking is postponed for another date in the term the charge will not apply.